2U (TWOU) Earning Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) have trended positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a division of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. 2U earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 87 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities analysts have commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group AG reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $54.00 target price (up previously from $43.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Tuesday, April 4th. TheStreet raised 2U from a “d” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Monday, March 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised 2U from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 1st. Finally, Needham & Company LLC increased their target price on 2U from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 24th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, 2U currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $43.38.

2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) traded down 0.35% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $42.11. The company had a trading volume of 121,757 shares. The stock’s market cap is $1.99 billion. 2U has a 52-week low of $24.24 and a 52-week high of $42.63. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $38.40 and its 200-day moving average price is $35.27.

2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 23rd. The company reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $57.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $56.39 million. 2U had a negative return on equity of 11.24% and a negative net margin of 11.41%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 32.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that 2U will post ($0.12) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About 2U

2U, Inc is a provider of an integrated solution consisting of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) combined with technology-enabled services (together, the Platform) that allows colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. The Company’s SaaS technology consists of a learning environment (Online Campus), which acts as the hub for all student and faculty academic and social interaction, and a suite of integrated applications, which the Company uses to launch, operate and support the Company’s clients’ programs.

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